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Sausage with Fennel and Olives

This recipe for sausage with fennel and olives is courtesy of Lidia Bastianich.

  • Servings: 6

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2007

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 sweet Italian sausages (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 cup large green olives, squashed and pitted
  • 3 large fennel bulbs (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages; cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil; cook until reduced by half. Transfer sausages to a platter; pour over cooking liquid.

  2. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add crushed red pepper flakes and cook 30 seconds. Add olives and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes more.

  3. Add fennel and stir to combine. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, cover skillet, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring, until fennel is soft and begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Add a little water to skillet if fennel does not begin to soften.

  4. Return sausages and their cooking liquid to skillet. Toss together with fennel mixture and cook, uncovered, until mixture is caramelized and well coated, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

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  • J-C
    12 JAN, 2009
    Hmm... I just added a comment and it didn't show... I guess it takes a little time to generate? anyhow, what Lydia added was chopped basil. see: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blood-orange-and-red-onion-salad J-C
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  • J-C
    12 JAN, 2009
    Answer to ReneA: Lidia added torn basil to the salad. see http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blood-orange-and-red-onion-salad
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  • J-C
    12 JAN, 2009
    Answer to Rene A's question about the orange and red onion salad. The greens that Lydia sprinkled onto the salad at the end was torn basil. see http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blood-orange-and-red-onion-salad
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  • ReneA
    5 DEC, 2007
    I have the show recorded. I went back and watched the segment twice. Lidia said to clean a seedless orange (blood orange if in season) and cut it in slices. Add a little bit of salt. Cut a red onion thin, place on top of oranges and sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Then add fresh pepper. Add a little bit of olive oil on top. She then added what appeared to be chopped parsley but she never commented on what it was. That was it. She said nothing else or added anything else.
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  • ReneA
    5 DEC, 2007
    I have the show recorded. I went back and watched the segment twice. Lidia said to clean a seedless orange (blood orange if in season) and cut it in slices. Add a little bit of salt. Cut a red onion thin, place on top of oranges and sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Then add fresh pepper. Add a little bit of olive oil on top. She then added what appeared to be chopped parsley but she never commented on what it was. That was it. She said nothing else or added anything else.
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  • KRumanes
    4 DEC, 2007
    I found a website with an orange, fennel and red onion salad by Lidia at bordersmedia.com/borderskitchen/bastianich/lidia.asp - hope this helps.
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  • Aydensmommy
    4 DEC, 2007
    The orange and red onion salad recipe is on page 280 of her new book, Lidia's Italy. Not sure if I am allowed to post it here? I do have it...
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  • Aydensmommy
    4 DEC, 2007
    Martha, thanks so much for having Lidia on your show!! I have all of her cookbooks and make her recipes constantly. I love her PBS show as well, and she has been an excellent teacher. My two favorite women, Martha and Lidia, in the same place was awesome! Thanks so much!
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  • YumaGirl
    4 DEC, 2007
    I was glad to see that someone posted the Orange Salad Recipe on this site. Thanks to jsetzer!!
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  • jsetzer
    3 DEC, 2007
    Dear Martha, Thank you for the excellent show featuring three outstanding Italian chefs! It was perfect! Sincerely, Joanne Setzer
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